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Wednesday, July 31, 2013, 9:32 AM
You’ve likely heard the refrain, “All writers should be on Twitter.” You’ve also likely gone ahead and signed up for Twitter. And now you’re likely on Twitter but aren’t sure how to use it to your benefit.
A great many writers are not only using Twitter to share their stories and make connections, but also to land assignments. How?
“No magic wand here,” writes Katrina Woznicki in a recent article in The Freelance Strategist. “I followed these publishers, showed an interest in what they had to say, eventually shared an idea, which eventually led to a one-on-one email or phone conversation, which led to an assignment -- and a relationship.”
In the article, How to Use Twitter to Yield Writing Assignments, Woznicki and other freelance writers share their secrets of success. If you’re a writer on Twitter but haven’t yet figured out how to use it to land writing gigs, you’ll find this article a great read.
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Tuesday, July 23, 2013, 11:02 AM
Freelancer Megan Kamerick has been a business reporter and editor for more than 20 years, having worked at the San Antonio Business Journal, New Orleans CityBusiness and New Mexico Business Weekly.
Currently the host and producer of "Public Square" for New Mexico PBS, Kamerick is also an independent producer at KUNM radio and produces newscasts and interviews for the show "Women’s Focus."
Kamerick recently sat down for an interview with the Reynolds Center for Business Journalism, during which she shared her thoughts on why a financial foundation and a business journalism background is vital for any beat.
In it, she discussed what stories business journalists need to pay more attention to, how to find a business angle in stories that don't seem to have one, the importance of pursuing other interests, and more.
You can read the full interview on the Reynolds Center website:
Freelance Journalist Megan Kamerick on Establishing a Financial Foundation
It's an informative read for anyone involved in business writing.
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Wednesday, July 10, 2013, 11:03 AM
Have you been thinking about expanding your writing career to cover science topics? If so, check out this great piece in by science and travel writer Cameron Walker:
Getting Started in Science Writing
In the article, published on ASJA’s The Word, Walker shares a few things aspiring science writers can do to break into the science beat.
And don’t worry if you don’t have a science degree.
“There are plenty of terrific science writers who don’t have any science background,” says Walker.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013, 10:46 AM
You’ve spent time and money setting up your freelancer website, but you’re still not seeing the results you hoped for. What’s missing? It could be that potential clients aren’t sure whether you’re the right person for the job.
It can be daunting for editors to find freelancers, especially online and especially when they haven’t worked with you before. So what can you do? Make sure your website has a great client testimonials page.
In a recent post on The Freelance Strategist, a blog powered by Contently, Kiesha Easley, owner of WeBlogBetter, explains how client testimonials can make all the difference when editors are looking for freelancers.
“People want to see real examples of your work,” writes Easley. “They want to know who you’ve worked with in the past and what they thought about your services.”
In the post, Easley shares her script for requesting client testimonials, along with steps you can take to create an effective client testimonials page, and what to do if you’re just starting out.
You can read the post here: How to Use Testimonials to Secure New Clients
Do you have a client testimonials page on your site? Do you find it has helped you get writing assignments? Any advice for other freelancers?
Tuesday, June 25, 2013, 12:57 PM
With the number of “traditional” newsrooms shrinking, nonprofits news outlets represent a growing new source of information – and an opportunity for freelancers.
According to a new Pew Research Center report, 172 active nonprofit news sites launched from 1987 to 2012. Those sites are funded by a variety of sponsors, including charitable foundations, individuals and ideological groups.
If you’re considering writing for a nonprofit news outlet, check out Randy Dotinga’s article in ASJA’s The Word.
In “Giving the Purity Test to Nonprofit News,” Dotinga shares three things independent writers should know about these potential clients, including budgets and funding.
It’s an easy and informative read for anyone considering writing in this arena.